Career Development Opportunities

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Public / Private Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiologist/Entomologist

DESCRIPTION: The New Jersey Department of Health Vector-borne Disease Unit is seeking a Vector-borne Disease Epidemiologist/Entomologist to design and implement public health surveillance and response activities associated with vector-borne disease pathogens and for tick vectors of public health concern. This position oversees JerseySurv, the state’s vector-borne disease surveillance system, and is responsible for analyzing vector-borne disease data (human, vector, animal), and producing surveillance reports used by NJDEP, NJDA, and other public health and vector control partners to target mosquito control and education activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in public health epidemiology and/or entomology, and demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in infectious disease surveillance and epidemiology, tick surveillance, strong data manipulation and analysis skills working with large databases, and the ability to analyze and visualize data using SAS, ARC-GIS, R, or Tableau; knowledge of the biology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, lab-based approaches for diagnosis of vector borne diseases and/or pathogen detection; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively orally and in writing to diverse audiences.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by October 9, 2023.

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POSITION: Senior Entomologist, Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit (PRVCU)

DESCRIPTION: The Senior Entomologist will oversee entomological aspects of the PRVCU’s laboratory and field operations (surveillance, control, mosquito identification, PCR testing for arboviruses, insecticide resistance testing, etc.). The incumbent will work closely with our Quality Assurance Officer to ensure that our data is reliable and high quality. The Senior Entomologist will provide entomological expertise to other teams in the PRVCU such as the Community Engagement and Education team, and other units within the Trust as needed. The incumbent will be expected to collaborate with entomologists at the CDC Dengue Branch, PR and USVI Departments of Health, academic collaborators (both resident and visiting), and industry researchers.

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in Entomology or closely related field. At least 5 years of experience in applied vector management, particularly with Aedes aegypti. Graduate/Post-Doctoral training can count toward those 5 years.


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POSITION: Inspector Trainee, Mosquito Extermination, Morris County NJ Mosquito Control

DESCRIPTION: Morris County Department of Public Works, Division of Mosquito Control is currently accepting applications for Inspector Trainee, Mosquito Extermination. Under direction and supervision, performs work involved in learning to locate and recognize mosquito breeding areas, control mosquito populations and does other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Appointees will be required to possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license. Successful candidates must become a licensed Pesticide Applicator. Needs to have the ability to understand information about insects, particularly mosquitoes. Must be able to keep records and follow a map as well as work outside in various weather conditions.


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POSITION: Chief Environmental Laboratory Scientist, Rhode Island Department of Health

DESCRIPTION: To be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, supervising and reviewing the activities of the State’s environmental laboratories in the Department of Health Laboratory, to assist the Associate Director of Health or other superior in planning, administering and directing all the activities of the State’s public health laboratories, to act for the Associate Director or other superior in their absences; and to do related work as required. The incumbent will oversee and manage four laboratory sections in the Center for Environmental Sciences including Air Pollution Monitoring, Food and Water Chemistry, Water and Environmental Microbiology, and Organic Chemistry, with approximately 20 total staff.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Such as may have been gained through possession of a Doctorate in Chemistry or related sciences: and Experience: Such as may have been gained through employment in a professional laboratory position involving the performance of administrative and/or supervisory duties in directing a large environmental laboratory section or a program within a public health, medical or environmental laboratory or comparable facility. Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply online; posting open unitl position filled.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Center Coordinator, Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, UW-Madison

DESCRIPTION: The Center Coordinator provides operational and administrative oversight and support for the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease, a complex, collaborative research and training initiative headquartered at UW-Madison with academic and public health partners and subawards in multiple states (Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa). The Center Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the overall functioning of the Center and ensuring the success of the Center’s numerous research and training projects; the role is responsible for a wide range of duties related to grants administration and reporting, budget management, communications, conference call and meeting planning, and project management.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required - Bachelor’s Degree in a biological sciences field, with experience in entomology, vector biology, public health, natural sciences, life science communication, or field ecology preferred but will consider degrees in other fields. Preferred - Master’s Degree in a biological sciences field, with experience in entomology, vector biology, public health, natural sciences, life science communication, or field ecology preferred but will consider degrees in other fields.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by October 13, 2023.

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POSITION: Assistant Professor of Medical/Veterinary Entomology, Michigan State University

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a full‐time, 9-month tenure track Assistant Professor with 60% research and 40% teaching assignment. The position start date is anticipated to be 16 August 2024. We seek candidates with expertise in arthropods of medical/veterinary significance that may include research from cellular to global scales; interactions of arthropod vectors with pathogens, symbionts and other microbes using state-of-the-art genomic and/or other technologies; basic and applied questions at the individual, population, community, or ecosystem levels; and big data modeling within a multidisciplinary, systems biology and One Health approach.

QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate -Entomology, Ecology, Veterinary Science. Demonstrated training and expertise in molecular, genetic or quantitative approaches to investigation in entomological, ecological and/or biological/medical sciences; and a record of scholarly activities demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and evidence of successfully funded research.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Review of applications begins November 13, 2023.

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POSITION: Assistant Professor of Insect Biology, UC Davis

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Entomology and Nematology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Insect Biology. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track Assistant Professor position that includes an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in insect biosciences to address critical or emerging issues in any aspect of insect biology. We define insect biology in the broadest sense.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in a field of insect biology or equivalent degree in Life Sciences the time of appointment. Post doctoral experience preferred.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by the first review date (December 1, 2023) for full consideration

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Internship, Fellowships, & Postdoctoral Positions

POSITION: Associate Research Scientist/Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University - 2 Positions

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia University invites applications for two new positions at the rank of Associate Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Research Scientist to contribute to transdisciplinary research on tick-borne diseases in the United States. The successful candidate will join the Eco-Epidemiology lab led by Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser to support two newly-funded research initiatives. The first position is supported by our newly-funded Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Tick-borne Diseases (NEVBD) Teaching & Evaluation Center (TEC). This position will focus on evaluation and optimization of tick, host, and human-targeted interventions and the development of decision support systems at multiple levels. The second position is supported by Pfizer to estimate populations at risk for Lyme disease and characterize risk typologies using ecological and epidemiological approaches across multiple urbanization gradients.

QUALIFICATIONS: The positions require a Ph.D. in ecology, epidemiology, economics, applied statistics, infectious disease modeling or a related quantitative field. Background in epidemiological survey methods, population, infectious disease and spatial modeling is highly desirable.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in the Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program on the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans. The course is appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and will also be useful for students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

Visit the course page for information on the next course cohort.

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eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 4-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. $399 total cost. Enrollment discounts may be available. This course has been approved for 28 contact hours of continuing education with the National Environmental Health Association.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit Diagnosis and Treatment of Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis Viral Tickborne Disease Training Diagnosis & Management of WNV

Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists
  • Public Health Entomologist (PHE) Certificate - program for pest management professionals who work with pests that pose a health risk

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Entomological Society of America Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career? ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.

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EPA Integrated Pest Management Webinars

The EPA Center for Integrated Pest Management hosts a yearly webinar series featuring experts from across the country relaying educational and practical strategies for establishing and improving integrated pest management programs in your facilities and environments.

Upcoming Webinars Previous Webinars

Global Vector Hub: Directory of Medical Entomology Courses

TDR has supported the development of a Global Atlas of Medical Entomology Schooling (GAMES), which lists a total of 126 medical entomology courses offered both on-campus and through distance learning in 32 countries across all WHO regions, covering seven languages. For each course, session dates, course outline, fees, language of instruction and responsible managers are listed.

Follow the link below to gain access to the directory. Please register on Global Vector Hub.

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NACCHO’s Practical Guide to Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity

The National Association of County and City Health Officials and its vector control workgroup members identified the need for a focused, practical guide to help local health departments build new local mosquito control programs or enhance existing capabilities in the core competencies.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Online Tick Training Course

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs.

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Pesticide Safety Education Program, Distance Learning Center

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP), is a federally-mandated program that has been a nationally-recognized leader in pesticide safety education for over 40 years. Their mission is to promote the safe use of pesticides to help reduce risks to applicators, consumers, and the environment. PSEP provides pesticide certification and training throughout New York state and serves as an unbiased source of pesticide information for applicators, researchers and the general public.These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers

American Public Health Association


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center

Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site

Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network

New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements

Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs

Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities

Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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We are eager to work with partners in our region to promote opportunities in career development and training in vector-borne disease and public health. If you have an opportunity you would like us to share, please contact us today!